WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney has called himself "severely conservative"
but an expert on religion and politics said the Republican presidential
front-runner, a Mormon, is a product of "Mormon culture," which
contains "a real strain of moderation and pragmatism" on issues like
same-sex relationships, abortion and immigration.
David Campbell, co-author of "American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us"
and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said
at a policy briefing Thursday that "the moderation you see in Romney the
candidate, and I suppose in Romney the governor of Massachusetts, I
would say pretty nicely reflects what you see in the public opinion
polls of the rank and file of the Mormon community."
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